A few days after I turned 21 in late September, I started a blog post. I filled it with photos from my birthday weekend, smiling with friends, listening to live music, but never posted it. I was about a month into a stressful semester at the time. If I looked closely, behind one photo was a stomach ache. Another hid juvenile disappointment that I couldn’t be out too late because I had to wake up… View Post

It’s time for my annual not-quite-on-time year-end reflection! Last night, I stayed up on my phone for hours, feeling that familiar nostalgic feeling for something that hasn’t even ended yet. (I begin my final semester of college in a couple weeks.) I went all the way up to the top of my camera roll, which begins sometime in 2015 — the year I graduated high school and started college — and surmises tens of thousands… View Post

Hi again, friends. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you there are drafts in WordPress I’ve started and abandoned over the last few months. Ideas that sprouted on my laptop then at some point didn’t feel good enough worth publishing. But I’m back now and full of new ideas. Ideas that include a personal essay series and more outfit posts but in a bit of a different fashion than before. (Pun sorta intended.) For… View Post

Instagram is a romanticist. If Instagram was a person, he wouldn’t be the guy to remind you that there are people starving in the world, when you don’t eat half of your purple acai bowl topped with blueberries and flax seeds that you ordered partly to take a photo of. Even the more emotional side of Instagram, the side embodied by moody screen grabs of cult 80s films accompanied by an antsy quote like “we’re… View Post

I recently learned I’m a part of Generation Z, technically, which partly negates several things I’ve written about millennials with personal anecdotes. I guess I’m on the cusp, the first (or second, depending on which publication you read,) year of the new generation. So, claiming both, these are some of the things my two generations have in common: mirror selfies, mom jeans and a deep, conflicting, complex love of smartphones. Bringing those three things together,… View Post